Bath Spa University’s new academic building

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Equipping a cutting-edge academic building demands an intelligent approach. So when Bath Spa University needed to create a world-class interior for its state-of-the-art 1,800m2 ‘Commons’ they turned to innovative fit-out specialists, Receptek.

Working alongside Skanska, who were responsible for the construction of the new building which is part of the University’s £40m redevelopment of its Newton Park campus, UK based Receptek interpreted ‘Alexi Marmot Associates’ conceptual designs and turned them into reality.

The brief was to assist Bath Spa University in its mission to become “one of the UK’s most successful modern universities” and consolidate its position “as a major provider of courses involving digital technology by producing an outstanding building of real architectural distinction.”

Widely recognised for its ground-breaking approach to bespoke and modular interiors, Receptek has been responsible for installing contemporary study pods, reception desks, bespoke furniture, glass screens, storage walls, bespoke seating and recycling stations. The result is an innovative balance of great design, superb function and outstanding practicality.

But as Senior Design Consultant, Chris Glass, says: “Receptek goes much deeper than simply ‘meeting the brief’. We get right inside it to explore what the client really wants. This may sound clichéd, but we believe that only by asking the right questions, examining the complete picture and steering clients towards the answers can we deliver the optimum experience for an interior’s users. The University and Skanska were the perfect partners for this venture, sharing the same vision, which is why the finished building is so successful.”

Comprising primarily of free-standing furniture, the Commons interior is a creative blend of straight lines and curves that address key issues like the best use of space, ergonomics and aesthetics. As Mr Glass says: “It has been an incredible opportunity to showcase what we can do as a recognised innovator and leader in the design, manufacture and installation of bespoke and modular furniture.”

The exciting new University Commons building which provides state-of-the-art teaching facilities, technology-enabled study space, social learning space and a superb new digital space was opened on the 5th June by President of the Film Distributors’ Association, Lord Puttnam CBE, who said: “Having walked around, the facilities are absolutely stunning. All of a sudden and for the first time in long time, I wanted to be 18 years old again and going to university, it is quite remarkable. This is the sort of facility that any university anywhere in the world would envy.”

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